Military Museum

Museum in Summer Palace & Haidian

Military enthusiasts will get a rush at this hulking monolith of a building topped with a communist star. Cold War–era fighters, tanks and surface-to-air missiles muster below, while upstairs bristles with more weaponry. The Hall of Agrarian Revolutionary War and the Hall of the War to Resist US Aggression and Aid Korea are a truly revolutionary tour de force of communist spin.

At the time of research, the main building was closed as part of a massive, seemingly never-ending renovation project. It is scheduled to reopen August 2017. But a large collection of tanks, aircraft, boats and artillery are on view in the forecourt, which is free to enter (bring your passport).